YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 16 C WHY HAVE FAST TRACK COURTS FAILED IN INDIA? OPINION Sky will be clear. Rs. 5 RANCHI TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—180 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) HINDU HOMES ATTACKED IN B'DESH CITY OVER RUMOURS OF FB POST WORLD Morning India India, Quad nations all set for naval drill in Indian Ocean NEW DELHI: The 'Quad' countries -- an informal security forum comprising India, the US, Japan and Australia - are all set for annual naval drill Malabar Exercise in the Indian Ocean Region beginning Tuesday. In a message to China on getting a wider footprint in the Indo-Pacific region, India had invited Australia to take part in the drill to which it has agreed. "The 24th edition of the Malabar naval exercise is scheduled in two phases in November 2020," said Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal. The officer said that Phase 1 of the exercise involving participation by the Indian Navy, United States Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, and Royal Australian Navy is set to be held off Visakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal from November 3 to November 6. Phase two of the drill is scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea in mid-November 2020. The Malabar series of maritime exercises commenced in 1992 as a bilateral between the Indian and US navies. Japan joined in 2015. The 2020 edition will now witness the participation of Australia in this joint maritime exercise. Phase one will witness the participation of Indian Navy units with USS John S McCain (Guided-missile destroyer), Australian Ship Ballarat (long range frigate) with a MH-60 helicopter, and Japan Maritime Self Defence Ship Onami (Destroyer) with a SH60 helicopter. The Indian Navy participation in phase one will be led by Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet. Indian Navy units participating in the exercise include destroyer Ranvijay, frigate Shivalik, Off Shore Patrol AT A GLANCE 4 BOOKED FOR OFFERING 'NAMAAZ' AT TEMPLE IN UP MATHURA: The Mathura police have filed an FIR against four people after two of them allegedly offered 'namaaz' at a temple in the Uttar Pradesh city here. According to reports, while Faizal Khan and Chand Mohammed offered namaaz, two others -Alok Ratan and Nilesh Gupta -- clicked their pictures, which were then circulated on social media. The incident took place at around 12.30 p.m. at Nand Baba Mandir in Nandgaon on October 29. KERALITE PRIYANCA SWORN IN AS NZ MINISTER T’PURAM: Keralite Priyanca Radhakrishnan on Monday became the first Indian to be sworn in as a Minister in New Zealand as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled her new cabinet. The 41year-old has been sworn in as the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector. Radhakrishnan, born in Chennai and brought up in Singapore, has her roots at Paravur, Kochi, where her grandfather was a medical professional as well as a Communist. A two-time MP from Auckland, she reached New Zealand to pursue her higher studies. 512 DEFEAT VIRUS, 403 NEW CASES IN STATE 20 KILLED, 40 INJURED IN TERROR ATTACK AT KABUL UNIVERSITY KABUL: As many as 20 people were killed and 40 injured during an attack at the Kabul University on Monday, said sources. According to the sources quoted by Tolo News, at least 20 people were killed and over 40 more were wounded in the Kabul University attack. Following the incident, Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, said in a tweet, "I strongly condemn today's cowardly terrorist attack on Kabul Uni. Targeting educational institutions is a heinous crime. Students have the right to study in peace and security. I offer my sincere condolences to victims and their families. We will prevail over the forces of darkness." TOLO News had earlier reported that Afghan and Iranian officials were inaugurating the book exhibition at the university when the explosion began. Vessel Sukanya, Fleet Support Ship Shakti and submarine Sindhuraj. In addition, Advanced Jet Trainer Hawk, long-range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I, Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, and helicopters will also be participating in the exercise. ANURAG THAKUR POLLING TODAY EVMs being carried by polling officials on the eve of a bye-election, in Dumka on Monday. ANI Elaborate security arrangement for 2 Assembly bypolls today SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: The stage is set for Bermo and Dumka assembly bypolls on Tuesday even as the administration has made elaborate security and administrative measures to ensure law and order and save polling staff and the voters from Covid during the exercise. The polling would start from 7 AM in both constituencies and would end at 4 PM in Bermo and 5 PM in Dumka. The last hour would be for the casting of ballots by Covid affected persons. Both the constituencies are likely to witness a direct contest between the NDA and the Mahagathbandhan nominees. BJP candidates Yogeshwar Mahto Batul and Louis Marandi are fighting from Bermo and Dumka seats respectively. Congress’s Kumar Jaimangal Singh is in the fray in Bermo while JMM’s Basant Soren is contesting from Dumka. In Bermo, Congress is primarily hoping to ride the sympathy wave for a win as this seat became vacant due to the demise of former Congress minister Rajendra Prasad Singh. The BJP candidate is using the development plank while claiming that the present government has failed to fulfill its promises. AJSU leader and MP Chandra Prakash Choudhary actively campaigned for the NDA nominee here. Dumka was the focal point of the campaigning of top leaders of the state. The who’s who of state politics, including JMM supremo Shibu Soren and chief minister Hemant Soren apart from ministers camped here for most of the electioneering. The BJP used former CMs- Babulal Marandi, Raghubar Das, and Arjun Munda, and state-level office bearers to appeal for votes. Both BJP and The polling would start from 7 AM in both constituencies and would end at 4 PM in Bermo and 5 PM in Dumka. The last hour would be for the casting of ballots by Covid affected persons. Both the constituencies are likely to witness a direct contest between the NDA and the Mahagathbandhan nominees. JMM rallied and leveled allegations against each other on the issue of development. Meanwhile, the Bokaro administration informed that a total of 3,12,507 voters, including 1,64,194 males, 1,48,017 females, and one transgender are eligible to cast their votes in the elections. As many 2,322 have already cast their votes through postal ballot. The district administration has appealed that voters should exercise their franchise without fear, adding a large number of police personnel, including district police, para-military force, and Jharkhand Armed Police jawans have been deployed at the booths. Besides, 1,872 polling staff will be deployed in 468 booths for polls while 2,060 will be kept in reserve. There would be six zonal vmagistrates, 50 micro observers, and 51 sector officers. Webcasting would be done from 87 booths. The Dumka administration informed that a total of 2,50,994 voters are eligible to exercise the franchise, adding 368 booths have been formed in this regard. Among the voters, 1,26,210 are males, 1,24,510 females, and 274 service voters. There would be 45 model booths, 11 Sakhi booths, and 76 booths with webcasting facilities. The administration has taken elaborate measures for Covid prevention at the booths, including masks and gloves for voters and protective gear for polling staff. Manufacturing output zooms in Oct NEW DELHI: Easing Covid-19 restrictions and healthy market conditions on the back of higher demand accelerated India's manufacturing sector growth in October. The period under consideration also coincides with the start of the festive season in India which traditionally sees higher off-take. In response to strong sales gains and softer containment measures related to the Covid-19 disease, firms lifted production at the strongest pace recorded since late 2007. Consequently, the headline seasonally adjusted IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) pointed to the strongest improvement in the health of the sector in over a decade. The growth was led by the intermediate goods category, but there were also robust expansions in the consumer and investment goods sub-sectors, cited the Manufacturing PMI report. Resultantly, the reading on the index showed a rise from 56.8 in September to 58.9 in October. Moreover, the upturn in sales was the strongest since mid 2008. New export orders likewise rose at a quicker pace, one that was the most pronounced in close to six years. CENTRE PUT 5 COAL MINES UNDER HAMMER ON 1ST DAY OF AUCTIONS NEW DELHI: The much-anticipated auctions for commercial mining of coal started on Monday with five coal mines put on the block. According to the Coal Ministry, the mining blocks put on auction generated wide interest from bidders who had submitted their bids for various blocks on offer. Hindalco has put the highest bid for Chakla mine in Jharkhand, while Vedanta was the highest bidder for Radhikapur West mine in Odisha. Aurobindo Realty and Infrastructure was the highest bidder for Takli Jena Bellora North and Takli Jena Bellora South in Maharashtra. Yazdani International and JMS Mining were the highest bidder for Marki-Mangli II (Maharashtra) and Urtan (Madhya Pradesh) coal blocks, respectively. A Coal Ministry statement said that first day of auction of coal mines for sale of coal saw strong and healthy competition among the bidders. The ministry had launched the auction of coal mines for commercial mining on June 18, pursuant to a two stage forward auction process, comprising of initial offer and final offer, wherein the bidders have to bid for the percentage revenue share over the reserve price. In all the mines auctioned, the final offer received is above 10 per cent signalling strong demand of coal mines in the market, it said. RANCHI: The State on Monday reported 403 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 102490. Among the samples tested positive, 122 cases were reported from Ranchi, 12 from Chaibasa, 6 from Koderma, 40 from Jamshedpur, 6 from Giridih, 13 from Garhwa, 7 from Gumla, 18 from Palamu, 4 from Ramgarh, 35 from Deoghar, 27 from Bokaro, 50 from Dhanbad, 8 from Hazaribagh, 7 from Saraikela, 11 from Khunti, 4 from Latehar, 2 from Sahebganj, 10 from Godda, 6 from Dumka and 3 from Jamtara. Meanwhile, one death was reported from Ranchi. Earlier, 326 cases were reported on Sunday. Meanwhile, 512 patients recovered from the virus and returned home. Maximum 138 patients recovered from the virus in Ranchi, 17 in Jamshedpur, 90 from Dhanbad, 11 from Garhwa, 23 from Hazaribagh, and 12 from Saraikela. Active cases reached 5119 and a total of 96485 patients recovered from the virus so far in the state. However, 886 people lost their lives. Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 infected patients has increased to 94.14 percent which is a good sign for us. As per the bulletin, the doubling rate of Covid-19 in the state was 223.43 days against the national doubling rate of 134.65 days. In the past one week, the growth rate of Covid-19 in Jharkhand was 0.87 per cent against the national average of 1.50 per cent. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,251,427 TOTAL DEATH: 122,849 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 47,047,476 TOTAL DEATH: 1,207,928 CONSUMER COURTS CAN ORDER COMPENSATION DELAYED POSSESSION: SC NEW DELHI: In a relief for consumers hassled by delayed projects, the Supreme Court on Monday affirmed that a consumer court is empowered to order compensation if there is delay in giving possession. A bench comprising Justices U.U. Lalit and Vineet Saran said: "We reject all the submissions advanced by the appellant (Imperia Structures Ltd.). These appeals are accordingly dismissed, affirming the view taken by the Commission (National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission)." The case was regarding a housing scheme in Sector 13C in Gurugram, which was launched by Imperia Structures sometime in 2011 and all the original complainants booked their respective apartments by paying the booking amounts and thereafter each of them executed a builder buyer agreement with the firm. ‘Lung scans for stroke patients can detect Covid early’ NEW YORK: Researchers have now claimed that computed tomography angiogram (CTA) scans may offer fast and early detection of Covid-19 in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients. The study, published in the journal Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, found that routine or standard care CTA scans were an accurate screening method for faster detection of Covid-19 since they include imaging of the upper portion of the lungs. "Conducting a CTA is already part of the stroke management process, and these scans provide an opportunity to assess the lungs for signs suggestive of Covid-19," said study author Charles Esenwa from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the US. "Our team sought to determine if this already necessary scan could have a secondary use of identifying potential Covid-19 patients more quickly than a standard nasal swab Covid-19 test," Esenwa added. For the results, the research team conducted a retrospective analysis of patients treated for AIS at three hospitals. A total of 57 patients who received a CTA scan within 24 hours of hospitalisation for AIS were included in the study. Researchers used CTA scans to evaluate the lung apices (the upper area of the lungs) for signs of Covid-19 pneumonia. They then analysed the accuracy of using CTA scans for Covid19 diagnosis alone as well as in combination with patient-reported symptoms, such as cough and shortness of breath. Researchers found that CTA scans in combination with patient feedback to Covid-19 symptom questions were able to diagnose Covid-19 with 83 per cent accuracy before results were received from traditional nasal swab tests in AIS patients. In combination with symptoms, CTA scan analysis is relatively accurate in diagnosing Covid-19, even compared to the nasal swab test. "Since this analysis is much faster and at no extra cost, we hope it could be incorporated as a rapid diagnosis tool for patients with acute stroke," Esenwa said. "In addition, accurately diagnosing Covid-19 within hours, rather than the sometimes days wait-time to receive the results from nasal swab tests could help protect both patients and medical professionals," Esenwa noted. Meanwhile, German vaccine maker CureVac on Monday said that interim results from early trials showed that its investigational Covid-19 vaccine candidate, CvnCoV, appeared safe and triggered immune response among volunteers. The vaccine candidate was generally well tolerated across all tested doses and induced strong binding and neutralising antibody responses in addition to first indication of T cell activation, the company said. The Phase 1 study has enrolled to date more than 250 healthy individuals aged 18 to 60 years. Individuals were vaccinated intramuscularly with CVnCoV at escalating dose levels of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 microgram on days 1 and 29. Per dose level, the trial included up to 10 participants who had previously tested positive for a Covid-19 infection (seropositives) to further evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of CVnCoV in this sub-population. The data support the decision to advance the 12 microgram dose in the upcoming pivotal Phase 2b/3 study, the company said.